Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Papa Gino's abruptly closes numerous pizzeria locations

Papa Gino's abruptly closes numerous pizzeria locations

Boston has left phone messages for members of the Papa Gino's marketing team for more information about the sudden, region-wide closures, and has also sent an email to the company through its website.

Massachusetts-based pizza franchise Papa Gino's abruptly closed dozens of stores across New England on Sunday.

In Rhode Island, four Papa Gino's in East Providence, Cranston, Coventry and Middletown and two D'Angelo's in East Providence and Johnston closed.

The chain has locations throughout New England.

The proposed transaction, terms of which were not immediately disclosed, would significantly strengthen the chain's financial resources, allowing the company to remodel and modernize 141 remaining Papa Gino's and D'Angelo locations. Employees say they feel blindsided by the move and had no idea they'd be without a job.

The company said it closed 95 underperforming stores on Sunday to begin the process of restructuring. "This proceeding will ensure PGHC can maintain normal business operations at all of its restaurants with improved liquidity as it pursues the sale. Under this process, the sale will require court approval".

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement that will ensure a long and prosperous future for these iconic New England restaurants", Wendland said in the release.

Corey Wendland of Falmouth, Maine, listed in corporation records as Papa Gino's chief financial officer, also could not be reached for comment.

He conceded that the recent developments have been challenging for the company.

UPDATE, 11 a.m.: Papa Gino's has confirmed to the Boston Globe that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Thank you for your patronage."The scene is similar at the D'Angelo location on Highland Avenue in Seekonk". "We look forward to serving our guests the pizza and grilled sandwiches they have come to love over many decades".

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